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  March 2012 - Day 3

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posted 03-19-2012 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye,

Glad to see you made it back to Napa this spring, after reading a few months ago that you weren't planning a (spring) trip this year.

Thanks for adding a few more to my list for our next trip. I always enjoy reading about your great small wineries you never hear about.


posted 03-12-2012 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
The weather has been great to this point. Warm, in the upper 60s with lots of sun. However, today the wind was blowing quite briskly. Our friends left us so we were tasting on our own.

The first appointment was at Spottswoode (do not pronounce the e), one of Napa's cult wines where we were to have a tour and tasting. My hips were really bothering me so we skipped the tour but those who took it seemed to enjoy it. This winery makes 3 wines, a Sauv Blanc and 2 cabs. They explained that they only made the Sauv Blanc because the owner (an 80 year old woman) likes Sauv Blanc. It was tasting quite good so a couple bottles were added to our order with the two Cabs. The Lyndhurst Cab is their "drink now" cab and is at a decent price point. Their Estate Cab is their high end Cab and I think one of the best I have tasted.

Our second morning appointment was at Tresspass Vineyards. One of those small wineries that used to sell all their grapes and decided to make some of them into their own wine. The wines were quite good with Kirk Venge as their winemaker. They have a Cab, a Cab Franc and a Merlot. We tasted in the vineyard with Donny Gallagher the owner. Nice tasting and would recommend it.

We had lunch at one of our favorite lunch places in the Valley, Pizzaria Tra Vigne. Always good Pizza and it gives me a chance to catch up on my Diet Coke.

Afternoon, we decided to just hit a couple places prior to our 2:30 appointment. I had Provenance Vineyards on my list to purchase a couple bottles of their 08 Provenance Vineyards Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, which was rated quite highly by Robert Parker and at $50.00, not a bad price.

We decided to stop in and see our friend, Jeff Blaum at Chase Cellars. Chase has one of the best Zins made from the Hayne Vineyard in the Napa Valley. We met Jeff several years ago when we accidently came upon Chase and have become friends. Naturally, a couple bottles of their Zin and and Sauv Blanc followed us home.

The time arrived for our last appointment of the day at Anomoly Vineyards which almost backs up to Chase's vineyard. Anomoly is one of those finds that I really like, they are small, family owned and make one wine, a Cab. We tasted their 09 and though being a little tight, the longer we sat, the more it open up and started tasting really well. We did purchase the 09, along with 06 and 07 which gives us a 4 year vertical in our cooler.

One of the nice things about ending early is that you can go back to the hotel and take a nap. We were ready for dinner and decided on the Flat Iron Grill in Calistoga.

Life is very, very good. -Hawkeye


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